1857 – The National Association of Baseball Players is founded in New York.
1953 – The San Francisco 49ers select Harry Babcock from the University of Georgia with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.
1968 – The NBA announces expansion franchises in Milwaukee and Phoenix.
1969 – Roy Campanella and Stan Musial are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1973 – George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in two rounds to win the WBC and WBA heavyweight boxing titles. Foreman knocks down Frazier three times in both the first and second rounds.
1981 – Bum Phillips is hired as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
1983 – The Houston Rockets are the first team in NBA history to be held scoreless in an overtime period.
1984 – The Raiders, then playing in Los Angeles, beat the Washington Redskins 38-9 to win Super Bowl XVIII. Raiders running back Marcus Allen is named MVP.
1989 – The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 to win Super Bowl XXIII. Niners receiver Jerry Rice is the game’s MVP and SF coach Bill Walsh retires after the game.
2006 – Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers win over the Toronto Raptors. It’s the second highest single game scoring outburst in NBA history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game.
2018 – New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins scores 44 points, hauls in 24 rebounds and dishes out 10 assists in a 132-128 double overtime win over the Bulls. He’s the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to score 40 plus points, have 20 plus rounds and 10 plus assists.